June 23, 2018

Trump places wreath at Arlington

30 May 2017, 06:10 | Erin Grant

During his first Memorial Day as President, Trump also honoured the dedication and sacrifice of the fallen heroes, as well as that of the families they have left behind during a speech at the cemetery's Amphitheater.

Trump sent out several tweets Monday morning in advance of his visit, including: "Honoring the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to America. They made their sacrifice not for fame, or for money, or even for glory, but for country".

Trump went on to honor Homeland Security Secretary Gen. John Kelly's fallen son, Robert, and the Kelly family. Andrew D. Byers, a Green Beret officer killed in action in Afghanistan previous year. "He understands more than most ever could, or ever will, the wounds and burdens of war".

Kelly led the U.S. Southern Command and lost his son, Robert Kelly, who stepped on a land mine while on a Marine patrol in Afghanistan in November 2010.

"To the families of the fallen both here, and at home, no words will ease your pain, but I bet you, let it have meaning -unite your sorrow with their awesome objective", Mattis said.

"Every time you see the sun rise over this blessed land, please know that your courageous sons and daughters pushed away the night and delivered for us all that great and glorious dawn", he said.

"Let us pledge to make the most of that freedom that they so gallantly and brilliantly fought for and they died to protect", he said.

"To every gold star family, God is with you and your loved ones are with him".

They all share one title in common-and that is the title of "hero"-real heroes", Trump said".

"Though they were here only a brief time before God called them home, their legacy will endure forever", Trump said.

President Donald Trump is expressing his nation's "boundless and undying" gratitude to Americans who have fallen in battle and to the families they left behind.

"Their stories are now woven into the soul of our nation, into the stars and strips of our flag, and into the berating hearts of our great, great people", Trump said.

The remarks of Defense Secretary James Mattis and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman James Dunford, who stood with the president, were also appropriately distinguished and moving.

Though he acknowledged those who died in every war beginning with the Revolutionary War, Trump singled out what he called "a new generation of American patriot" which has defended the United States "from an enemy that uses the murder of innocents to wage war on humanity itself".

Secretary of Defense James Mattis introduced Mr. Trump and recognized the "fighting spirit" of US military veterans.

President Donald Trump is preparing his first Memorial Day address at Arlington National Cemetery.

Mr. Trump concluded by thanking the "unknown soldiers". We can never repay them.

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